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Last Updated : Sep 12, 2011 10:59 PM IST | Source: PTI

'India may miss 11th Plan power capacity addition target'

The country may miss the power capacity addition target by 10,000 MW by the end of 11th Five-Year Plan on March 31, 2012, Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has said.


The country may miss the power capacity addition target by 10,000 MW by the end of 11th Five-Year Plan on March 31, 2012, Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has said.


"In spite of all the difficulties (like shortage of gas and coal linkage problems) that this country added 40,000 MW so far in the 11th Plan and I am sure that within six months we will be able to add another 12,000 MW," Shinde told
reporters yesterday.


In the mid-term review of the Plan, total power capacity addition target had been scaled down to over 62,000 MW (in five years) by March 2012. Earlier, the 11th Five-Year Plan had aimed to achieve an additional generation capacity of 78,700 MW.


According to Central Electricity Authority website, up to August 31, only 6,369 MW was added to the existing capacity as against the target of 17,716 MW for the current year.


He was in the city to declare the commercial operation of third 500 MW Unit on attaining Full Load at NTPC- Simhadri Super Thermal Power Station.


He said though there may not be much problem in achieving the 12th Plan targets in power capacity addition, it may be some difficulties from 13th plan onwards due to coal and fuel shortage issues.


"There has been shortage of fuel, on both sides gas based and coal linkage also. In the 12th plan also almost 75% of the linkage has been done. The problem will be after 13th plan," the power minister said.


Explaining the private investments into the power sector, Shinde said the investment from the private sector might go up to 52% in the 12th Plan as against 29% during the current plan.


Replying to a query on the issue of Indonesian coal prices and its impact on power projects, the minister said the Government is aware of the situation and the Ministry is examining the issue.

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First Published on Sep 12, 2011 05:30 pm
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